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Band 6 Primary Care Liaison Worker - Bath

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Primary Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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BANES Primary Care Liaison Service are looking to recruit an experienced B6 RMN, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist to join our team on a full-time substantive basis.

We would consider a B5 for a developmental post on a fixed term 1year contract with aim of progressing to a substantive B6 post if you are able to demonstrate the necessary role requirements. We would also consider part time or a job share for the right candidate(s).

You will be joining a multi-disciplinary service, which includes a group of experienced and capable clinicians. The team has a diverse set of skills and experience, including CPN's, Psychiatrists, psychologists, Recovery coordinator, Social Workers and administrative staff.

The diverse professional nature of our team makes this a rich and stimulating environment in which to work. We have also expanded and now have Clinical Associate Psychologists who work alongside the team in delivering brief interventions.

Main duties of the job

What do PCLS do? PCLS is primarily an assessment and signposting service, though we do offer some brief intervention and follow up work dependent on the needs of the service user. PCLS has a duty and an assessment function and the roles are varied and dynamic. The triage and assessments are conducted over the phone, virtually, and face to face. The ideal person for this post will be compassionate, dedicated, ethical and enthusiastic about improving people's lives - both for our patients and our staff. You would be able to have a personalised induction to our team dependent on your needs.

Within this post you will have opportunities to develop your clinical skills. Many of our team have specialist skills and interests; CPD time and opportunities to develop are available for all staff. Supervision is highly valued in the team, we offer daily clinical supervision and we also provide valuable 1:1 supervision at least once a month. We also highly value the wellbeing of our staff and support this as a team, often scheduling wellbeing activities and dedicate time to support the wellbeing of our peers.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

1. To provide information, proportional assessment and sign posting to patients and their family and carers presenting with mental health problems/needs in community settings.

2. To foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Care Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focussed philosophy whilst providing them with credible clinical expertise.. This may include: The promotion and use of additional standardised assessment tools Promoting the importance of working with, strengths and aspirations of the person referred The provision of succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice) Assessment of or advice on the impact of culture and diversity Consideration of the respective Primary Care HCPs confidence and capability in relation to The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (best practice in Mental Health Care). Best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional or organic mental health needs Promotion and recognition of the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies Advice and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk taking perspective Support and clarity on formulations within a bio-psycho-social model, including people with medically unexplained symptoms Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required Advice on interventions and treatments required to enable positive change Support and advice within Safeguarding and public protection procedures where the issues are complicated by mental health problems Second opinion on complex capacity assessments To facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.

3. To assist the primary care and secondary mental health teams in the delivery of safe and appropriate care planning processes.

4. To provide a prompt response to all referrals following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.

5. To provide concise and effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within secondary mental health services and Primary Care teams including advice on effective and appropriate management strategies for those patients referred to the service

6. To ensure where needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services

7. To make effective use of the standard liaison approach and structure for assessments according to the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) format

8. Following assessment, to provide short- term follow up of patients where appropriate.

9. To contribute evidence based expertise to multi-disciplinary team care planning processes

10. To provide effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, Primary Care and Secondary health services.

11. To advise on medication management issues

12. To ensure the active involvement of carers during all stages of the assessment process

13. To provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice.

14. To ensure appropriate communication, both verbal and written, at all stages of the consultation process.

15. Attend assessments at a service user home address and be part of risk management processes

16. Support students in their learning and be part of a welcoming environment

17. Commit to CPD and personal development, remain up to date with statutory training

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health equivalent to RMN, Registered Social worker or OT
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc
Assessment skills Essential
  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health (functional and organic) and differentiation between physical and mental health symptoms and conditions.

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